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Technically Speaking

Technically Speaking: To Deadhead or Not to Deadhead

Nothing is quite luxurious as having a landscape filled with beautiful flowers blooming and if you’re wanting to extend the length of the blooming season for your customers, deadheading can help achieve this. Deadheading is the practice of removing spent blooms from flowering plants. It refreshes a plant’s appearance, controls seed dispersal and redirects their […]

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Technically Speaking: Extending Your Mower’s Lifespan

During the peak of the mowing season, the last thing you want to experience is downtime. By following a number of best practices, you can mitigate downtime and extend your mower’s lifespan. When it comes down to it, the main principle is if you take good care of your equipment it will last you much […]

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Technically Speaking: Common Lawn Diseases to Watch For

Lawn diseases are unsightly and unwanted in any customer’s yard. They can also be a challenge to identify properly as drought and pest-damaged lawns can look like diseased turf. Fungal pathogens are the culprit behind lawn diseases and for a lawn disease to truly take hold the right conditions, a vulnerable grass plant, and a […]

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Technically Speaking: Mulch Matters

Mulch is a helpful tool used to suppress weeds, retain moisture and moderate soil temperatures in your customers’ flower beds. Naturally, some people assume if something is good, even more is better. This is not the case. Having too thick of a layer of mulch can prevent water and nutrients from reaching the plant roots. […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Proper Tank Mixing Practices

As a lawn care operator, efficiency is key, especially as you add more customers and need to cover more properties in one day. One method for efficiency is to take advantage of tank mixing multiple products to treat several lawn issues in one visit. “Tank mixing is needed for lawn care operators because oftentimes they’re […]

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Technically Speaking: Controlling Nutsedge

Nutsedges are perennial weeds that are aggressive and difficult to control. While the weed may look grassy, it is not a grass or a broadleaf weed but a sedge. Sedges have triangular stems and three rows of leaves. They grow at a much faster rate than turfgrasses, making them very noticeable in yards. Sedges require […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Why Knowing Your Soil pH Is Important

When it comes to managing your customers’ soil fertility, knowing soil pH values is critical. “By definition, soil pH is a measure of the soil Hydrogen ion (H+) content in the soil solution,” says Ben Hamza, Ph.D., product development associate director with FMC Professional Solutions. “This measure falls on a scale from 0 to 14, […]

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Lawn Care Corner: The Science Behind Preemergence Herbicides

It’s that time of the year again. Time to treat customers’ properties with preemergence herbicides before weeds like crabgrass can rear their ugly heads. But do you understand the science behind this practice? Dr. Tina Bond, technical service manager with FMC Professional Solutions, shares some insight into preemergence herbicides and how to use them effectively. […]

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